Steady rain over two days filled creeks and flooded some area roads, officials said.
At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather service reported 4.95 inches have fallen in Killeen since 8 a.m. Monday, and more of the same is expected for the remainder of the week. There is a 50 percent chance of rain today, 70 percent chance of rain Thursday and 50 percent chance of rain on Friday.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the 40s and 50s, before rising to the 60s this weekend.
Killeen Police Department stated on its Facebook page that some areas of the city have 2 to 3 inches of standing water on the road.
Wet roads can create potentially dangerous driving conditions, especially at higher speeds.
A wreck involving a pickup truck caused a traffic jam Tuesday morning in the westbound lanes of Interstate 14/U.S. Highway 190 in Killeen. The Ford F-150 had front end damage, and damage was also seen on a nearby guardrail between the W.S. Young Drive and Stan Schlueter Loop intersections.
Emergency crews responded to an 18-wheeler accident about 8 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Old Highway 95 and FM 93 in Temple. The truck was carrying trash, and there were no injuries, according to Thomas Pechal, spokesman for Temple Fire & Rescue.
Killeen ISD officials reported Tuesday afternoon that no delays or problems had been caused by the weather, but that it was being closely monitored.
Due to rising water, the City of Lampasas closed W.M. Brook Park until further notice for safety precautions. All of the low water crossings in the city of Lampasas were closed much of the day Tuesday due to water over the roadways.
“The roads closed are Hackberry Street, Naruna Road by the Golf Course and South Willis Street by the tennis courts. We expect these roads to remain closed for some time due to the continuing heavy rains we are getting,” according to the Lampasas Police Department.
Belton reported significant amounts of rain Tuesday, causing flooding in several areas. On its Facebook page, Belton police remind residents to slow down, and avoid streets covered with water.
Water covered the I-35 frontage road at Confederate Park in Belton, causing both the northbound and southbound frontage roads to be closed near Central Avenue and northbound at Avenue H. Nolan and Salado Creeks were both covering the roads in places.
Multiple flood warnings and closures were also issued in Coryell County Tuesday.
At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Leon River near Gatesville was over 29 feet, and was forecasted to crest at 30.6 feet around 1 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 22 feet, and the record high is 35 feet.
Cowhouse Creek near Pidcoke was about 30 feet, and was forecasted to crest at 31.6 feet by last night. Flood stage is 20 feet.
County Road 1809 in Mound.
State Highway 236 at the Leon River
FM 1829 at the Leon River
FM 1829 1/2 mile south of FM 107, water reported over the roadway.
FM 18 and FM 929 in the Coryell City area
Smith Creek flooded on Highway 36 south of Gatesville near Mound.
Fort Hood officials have reported the following road closures due to flooding on the Fort Hood Reservation:
A portion of Mohawk Road (near the Motorcycle Instruction Course) is flooded. There are barricades placed on the east and west end.
Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services officials reopened Turkey Run Road at Turkey Run Creek and Tank Destroyer at Turkey Run Creek, according to a news release from Fort Hood late Tuesday.
Residents should use caution driving across any low-water crossings in the Central Texas area especially with the continued rain in the forecast. If water is crossing the road, do not attempt to cross, officials said. Turn around, don’t drown.